The latest episode of Talk Is Jericho with Daniel Bryan on May 9, 2018 revealed that Jericho was the backup plan to team with Bryan against Kevin Owens & Sami Zayn at WrestleMania 34 if SmackDown Live Commissioner Shane McMahon wasn’t medically cleared in time for The Grandest Stage Of Them All.
“A few weeks before WrestleMania, maybe three or four weeks, I get a call from Vince,” Jericho said. “And he’s talking about Shane and his appendix, not his appendix, his diverticulitis, and he had an infection in his hand and he had, there was one other thing as well…staph infection…hernia, that was it. And he goes, ‘Listen, we don’t know if he can do ‘Mania.'”
Jericho revealed that CEO of WWE, Vince McMahon asked him regarding his thoughts on coming to New Orleans and replacing Shane if junior McMahon couldn’t wrestle. The problem lay in the fact that Jericho was having a Fozzy concert in Hampton Beach, New Hampshire on the same day of WrestleMania 34 (April 8, 2018) including a WrestleMania watch party event. However Y2J said that they looked at the options available which suggested the possibility of him getting to the Mercedes-Benz Superdome in just enough time with the aid of a police escort.
While Chris was ultimately able to make the show, Shane’s status for WrestleMania 34 was in grave doubt when he was hospitalized with acute diverticulitis and an umbilical hernia. Although WWE posted the news on its website less than two weeks ago, the match featuring Shane & Bryan vs. Owens & Zayn was announced as planned the following day.
On the podcast, Bryan said WWE is in a stage where they don’t want to tell the wrestlers anything as the company fears that the Superstars will reveal the information to the “dirt sheets” adding that he was informed that they had a good backup plan. Bryan said that he had assumed it to be Jericho, given Jericho’s history with Owens.
The Tag Team match between Shane McMahon & Daniel Bryan vs. Kevin Owens & Sami Zayn marked Bryan’s in-ring return after three years. Jericho’s most recent WWE match was at the first-ever 50-Man Greatest Royal Rumble Match in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia. Jericho entered that Rumble match at #50 and lasted for 3 minutes 18 seconds before being eliminated by the winner of that match, Braun Strowman.